Didn’t have a great deal to save during the game, although the saves he did make were solid and reliable (not that you’d expect anything less!). However, more speed is needed at times when releasing players back up-field to start an attacking move.
Chris Gunter: 7
Another good performance from the Welshman and it is obvious to see that the form that Gunter has been finding for his country is finally starting to be replicated for his club. Looks strong going forward, and had a better defensive display than against Ipswich, which was definitely a step in the right direction. However, I still think he needs to be more wary about getting caught too high up the field at times.
Alex Pearce: 6
The game of guess where Adrian Mariappa has disappeared to continued this weekend, and Pearce retained his place in central defence. Even though his strength in the air was good as usual, Pearce found himself caught at times by the pace of the Bolton forwards.
A good display to follow up his first game as captain, Morrison was strong in the air and cool under pressure. However, he maybe could have done better with the defending of Bolton’s goal.
Wayne Bridge: 8
Another good, solid display from the Left-Back, and I believe his experience will be a vital addition to the defence throughout the season. Also supported the left wing well and managed to produce some threatening crosses into the box.
Jem Karacan: 7
Karacan’s efforts in midfield cannot be faulted; he just seems to be constantly running! However, his defending for Pratley’s goal could have been improved, as the Bolton man was given far too much space. He was also lucky not to get booked for an incredibly late tackle.
Once again Drenthe made a name for himself during the game. His pace and pure skill caused Bolton a lot of problems, although his diving in the penalty box was not one of his finest moments. The referee punished him for this for the rest of the game. Hopefully Adkins’ words to the midfielder will ensure that we don’t see a repeat of this.
Danny Guthrie: 8
An impressive performance in midfield for Guthrie, having a positive impact throughout the game. Its pleasing to see that Adkins is finally getting the best out of him, and hopefully Guthrie’s obvious talents will continue to be a key part of our game and style of football throughout the season.
Jobi McAnuff: 6
I personally enjoyed seeing the club captain back on the pitch. His corners were more threatening than those taken by Drenthe too, and it was his inswinging ball which led to the penalty. However, I feel that McAnuff is sometimes a couple of seconds too slow on the ball, which often results in the opposition regaining possession.
Unfortunately unable to get into the game effectively during the first half, but appeared to find his form again from the previous week in the second half. Great sparks of link up play with Gunter, and excellent pace against the Bolton defenders.
Not a great first half display from the striker, looking lost at times and unable to keep hold of the ball. However, Blackman came out in the second half a completely different player, and redeemed himself with some clever passes and a penalty which was as cool as a cucumber to mark his first goal in a Royals shirt.
Le Fondre looked exciting and threatening when he came on for Blackman, running at the defence and causing them trouble. Should have scored the winner with a close range effort towards the end, but only an excellent goalkeeping display from Adam Bogdan denied him.